The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 19, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Calvin A. Akers

LAURELVILLE, Ohio —  Calvin A. Akers, 79, of Laurelville, died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at OSU.

He was born on March 22, 1933 in West Virginia, the son of Kenneth and Thelma (Painter) Akers.

He was a Jehovah Witness.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Marie (Morton) Akers; daughters, Evelyn Akers, Debora Welsh and Tena DeVault; five grandchildren, Brandy, Leslie, Kelsey, Braxton and Daniel; two great grandchildren, Abbie and Alex and 10 siblings.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express, 23911 U.S. Rt. 23, Circleville, OH  43113.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 6 p.m. A special remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. to honor him for those who would like to attend.

Arrangements were completed by the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville, 1455 N. Court St., Circleville, Ohio  43113. 740-474-7523


Merley Burks

AUTO — Merley Burks, 74, of Auto, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Rhel D. Cook

FRANKFORD — Rhel D. Cook, 92, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at the Greenbrier Valley medical Center after a long illness.

Born Aug. 19, 1920, in Raleigh County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Edward Cook and Belvie Louise Petry Yates.

In addition to his parents, Rhel was preceded in death by his step-father, Henry Yates; an infant son, Jack Cook; a grandson, Edward McLeod, and a sister, Ellene Chittam.

He was a member of Emmanuel Open Bible Church at Vago, W.Va. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1938 to 1961 and retired as a First Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Post 69 of Lewisburg, the VFW Post 4940, was a member of Greenbrier Lodge No. 42 Masonic Lodge and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a referee for the NRA, was a counselor for Boys State for 30 years and was a local electrician.

Survivors include his wife, Betty R. Hefner Cook; children, James D. Cook of Inwood, W.Va., Carol McLeod and husband, Thomas of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rhelda Hanson and husband, Richard of Inwood, W.Va., Sam Lister and wife, Terri of Galloway, Ohio, Steve Lister and wife, Rebecca of Milton, W.Va. and James Lister and wife, Amy of Scottown, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the Emmanuel Open Bible Church, Vago, with the Rev. Gary Devart, Rev. Debbie Devart and Rev. Lula Collins officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Lewis Chapel Cemetery at Vago.

The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emmanuel Open Bible Church at Vago.

Please end online condolences by visiting www.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

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